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announcer: the following is a paid announcement for the international fellowship for the international fellowship of christians and jews. announcer: you're jewish. one of god's chosen people. a remnant of israel isolated in a a remnant of israel isolated in a distant land. you've managed to survive the holocaust, survive communism and now most of your $20 monthly pension must pay for medicine with only a few dollars left for food or electricity or heat or clothes. you're old and you're alone, you're left with nothing but painful memories and you wonder, does anyone care? (speaking russian)
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i wish god would be merciful and take me because it is better to die take me because it is better to die than to live like this. shalom. i'm rabbi yechiel eckstein of the international fellowship of christians and jews. i'm standing here in the ukraine in the former soviet union in an area called a shtetl. an old jewish village. i'd like to show what happened to the jewish community in the past but even more importantly i would like to show you what the jewish community is like today in the former soviet union. i think you will be surprised. announcer: a 100 years ago russia was the center of the jewish world with 5 to 6 million jews living there. although russia's largest ethnic group, most lived in poverty and persecution. then came the bolshevik revolution.
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hoffman: the soviets systematically destroyed any kind of base for religious affiliation. they closed synagogues. they closed jewish schools, sent rabbis and teachers to jail and prison. and tried to convert everyone to their brand of materialist atheism. announcer: then came the nazis. between 1941 and 1945 soviet jews were savagely persecuted. subjected to every possible pain and humiliation and murdered in mass executions. eckstein: this is babiyar outside of kiev here in the ukraine. one of hundreds of killing fields from world war ii's holocaust throughout the former soviet union. there is a traditional memorial prayer of the dead that is recited when we come to visit this site. (speaking hebrew) lord full of mercy, remember those who died here.
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(singing hebrew) it was here in 1941 that in a period of five days over a hundred thousand jews were killed here by the nazis. holocaust survivor: they were all brought to babiyar and they were all undressed, everyone, and then they were killed. you can't, you can't even imagine, a lot of people can't imagine. announcer: those who managed to survive the nazis then suffered the post world war ii persecution, indoctrination and anti- semitism of the communists. jews were forbidden to practice their faith and were denied education and denied jobs. they lived in fear of the soviet people who were encouraged to roam the streets to find jews so that they could ridicule and beat them. hoffman: the elderly jews were victimized throughout
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this century. and now tragically, by the collapse of the soviet system itself. right now, sacrifices are the order of the day. governments don't have enough money maintain social services. they are not paying pensions on time. today an elderly person has to get along in ukraine on about $20 a month. and half of that has to go for rent and utilities. eckstein: this is bela. she lost her entire family in world war ii, in the holocaust, all 13 members of her family were lost. today's wednesday and she tells me the last time she had a meal was sunday. she is elderly. she is alone. and she has no hope other than the hope we can bring and she has no hope other than the hope we can bring to her. hoffman: the food box is our most basic form of aid. it has a number of basic commodities in it such as flour, rice, sugar, canned fish, cooking oil and a few other items.
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this box is designed as a diet supplement. when the funds are available we would like to be able to provide a box on a monthly basis to the tens of thousands of those who are in need. unfortunately, we are only able to deliver these boxes about two or three times a year to most of the needy. eckstein: these people have been waiting here all morning to receive their box of food that will help them through the month. they vitally need this to augment their diet. and we can make that possible for them. most of us can help with a box for $15 that will help these people for a month. won't you do that? won't you help these poor jews? donor: these people are absolutely desperate. and we have to do something to help them or they are going to starve to death. eckstein: in addition to the food boxes we provide hot meals three times a week to those jews here in the former soviet union who are
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in need. your gift of $50 will help one person with a hot meal three times a week in addition to the monthly box. or perhaps you can do more. perhaps you can help more than one jew and for more than one month. won't you consider it? donor: it's their life, it's whether or not they get the next meal. it's absolutely vital to their life blood that they be helped. eckstein: it's a scriptural mandate incumbent upon all of us that we extend help to those less fortunate than ourselves. this is made amply clear in the hebrew bible and by jesus in the new testament as well. he stressed this obligation in the parable of the "good samaritan" and in other places that it's our responsibility to help those who are in need. how much more so to the need. how much more so to the children of israel? bela: without the food baskets and the hot meals i would starve.
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it would be like it was for my father when the nazis captured him and starved him to death. announcer: living on ridiculously low pensions of $15 to $25 per month. they go without food, medicine and the bare essentials of life. but through "isaiah 58" you can change that. $15 will provide a food box packed full of staples to help them through the month. joining our box-a-month club will provide a food box every month to an elderly jew who desperately needs it the most. for $50 you will provide three hot meals a week for a month in addition to a food box. what a blessing you can be to a jew who has suffered so much. what a witness you can be to the love of god for the scattered remnant of his people. hagee: the bible says in genesis 12, "i will bless those who bless you and i will curse those who curse you". if you trace the pages of world history you will find that every man and every nation that blessed israel,
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god blessed that man and nation. and every man and nation that cursed israel god cursed that man and nation. eckstein: i founded the international fellowship of christians and jews in 1983 and we're based in chicago. i really did so because i felt that there was a need and continues to be a need for a bonding between christians and jews. jews facilitating the rescue in china and sudan of christians who are trying to assert their rights to their faith. and we provide christians with a way in which they can bless the jewish people and israel by helping jews from the former soviet union, helping them with their food and medical needs. this is the ministry. this is the vision of the international fellowship of this is the vision of the international fellowship of christians and jews. (speaking russian) hoffman: as a jew i am grateful for the aid provided
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by christians in america and other countries around the world. to our efforts to locate and help these hundreds of thousands of needy jews in the former soviet union. without your help, without the help of others no one would know about them. no one would find them. no one would be able to help them. maria: there are lots of different religions here but none of them give help to us like christians and jews do. announcer: the nternational fellowship of christians and jews works through the joint distribution committee. an organization dedicated to helping those in the jewish community of the former soviet union. together, they join hands and hearts through "isaiah 58". eckstein: as isaiah says in chapter 58, "and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday. donor: i have been overwhelmed by what i have seen. the poverty. the lack of medical care.
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i can't imagine myself having to live under those conditions. these people are destitute and they have got to have our support as christians. they have got to have our support and our prayers. (singing hebrew) shalom alechem donor: this is the only food that they have. a bowl of soup and some other things that are provided by this ministry and it's really been a blessing to be and it's really been a blessing to be part of it. announcer: the international fellowship of christians and jews launched "isaiah 58" as a way for christians to bless elderly jews living in shocking poverty without food, medicine or heat. you have an opportunity right now to reach out to this remnant people who are in desperate need. for only $15 you can provide a food box of staple food items which will supplement the meals of one person for a which will supplement the meals of one person for a whole month.
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eckstein: this is one of the main food box distribution centers here in kiev serving the area in the ukraine. as you can see this room is rather empty. we didn't contrive this situation. we didn't stage this scene. sadly, there are more people in need of food and these food boxes than there are boxes to provide for them. but you can make that change. you can make this room filled up to the ceiling and around filled up to the ceiling and around the walls with boxes. you can provide food and sustenance and joy to a jew here in the former soviet union. announcer: if you can, help more than one person. or join the box-a-month club by pledging $15 or more month for the next year. the doors are now open to help these people who have waited too long. please call now. eckstein: whatever it is that god places on your
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heart. however you can see filling this warehouse with boxes. i sincerely and deeply hope that you will hear this call and respond to this need. announcer: a gift of $50 will provide both a food box and three hot meals a week for a month to one elderly jew. $100 will provide food for two people. and $200 for four people. bela: now, three times a week i get hot meals from the jewish organization. it is all i get to eat. announcer: when you call, you will receive an "isaiah 58" prayer packet with pictures and information on individuals being helped by the program. become a partner in "isaiah 58" now. many jewish lives can and will be saved or rescued by what you do. robertson: now more than ever. it's important for christians and jews to build bridges of cooperation and understanding between our faith communities.
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falwell: i believe that this man is doing a noble work worthy of our support and understanding. and i hope that every friend i have out there right now will make this work and this fellowship a part of your religious budget. donor: they are not feeling sorry for themselves. (speaking russian) needy jew: my husband and i wake up early in the morning each day before 6am to be the first ones on the street to collect empty bottles. donor: there was a time in their life when they were successful, they were good responsible citizens and you know in a wink of an eye that was taken away from and you know in a wink of an eye that was taken away from them. russian jew: in the current economic conditions it is a problem to find anyone to buy the bottles but i can wake up early. i can work hard. it is very but i can wake up early. i can work hard. it is very difficult but i am not lazy.
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hoffman: from day to day the elderly don't have any idea what things are going to cost. they have to live on a fixed pension but prices keep changing. prices keep rising. this takes a terrible toll on the health, on the morale, on the general physical well being of the elderly. shengl: it is very difficult to live on the pension they give. it is not enough to live on. i have received a warning that they will cut off my electricity. i have no money so they will electricity. i have no money so they will just have to cut it off. (speaking russian) eckstein: i am here with chava. chava has to make a decision that i wouldn't wish on anyone and she has to make it almost every single day. (speaking russian) chava: i must take my medicines but it takes the biggest part of my pension. i must pay for all of these medicines.
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for my lungs, my heart and my foot. eckstein: chava has to decide between these pills to help her breathe because she has bronchitis, between that and food. as you can see she is bed ridden and she has a very bad heart condition. and this medicine alone keeps her able to breathe and it costs one third of her monthly pension. chava: after i pay for all of my medicines i have no money for food or for anything else. eckstein: we try to help people like chava not have to make that kind of decision. and so we bring her food. we try to provide people like chava a package once a month to help supplement meals during the week. and, secondly the meals on wheels program that brings chava and people like her a hot meal three times a week. the more funds that are available,
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the more hot meals brought to her, more packages and the more people like chava will be able to be served as well. announcer: the nternational fellowship of christians and jews has launched "isaiah 58" to mobilize christians to join their jewish brothers and sisters. donor: i just have to say that as a gentile i am so blessed to be a part of helping the jewish people in this country. it is the most wonderful experience that has every happened to me. announcer: together, we are fulfilling the divine call to provide aid and comfort to over 500,000 jews living in shocking poverty in the former soviet union. donor: so much joy could be brought for so little. and if people back home could realize how much could be accomplished with just so little, just a little bit of giving, it would be so unreal. announcer: through "isaiah 58" you can begin to repair the effects of decades of
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deprivation, anti-semitism and brutality. $15 provides a food box that will mean so much to someone who cannot afford food. for $50, in addition to the food box, you can provide three hot meals a week for a month to an elderly jew. hagee: paul said in the book of romans, "if you, gentiles, have received from the jewish people their spiritual things you owe it to them to minister to them in material things". boone: soviet jews have faced persecution after persecution for centuries. but the situation that they face today is an especially dangerous one. as christians, we are not going to have any excuse if we just stand idly by watching history repeat itself. bela: the people in ukraine who don't like jewish people, who hate jewish people they call us zhid. it is like in america. black people are called niger. it's like that, it's the same.
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eckstein: the bible teaches us in isaiah chapter 58 (speaking hebrew) "from your flesh and blood you shall not avert your eyes". my friends, we dare not avert our eyes from seeing the suffering and the pain of the jews in the former soviet union and knowing that we could do something about it. donor: i'm a street boy. i left home when i was 12 years old. and i know pain when i see it when i look at people's eyes in the street and i see a lot of pain there. hoffman: we see in every jew we meet here a potential lost relative. and it increases our motivation to want to help them because we think, "there for grace of god go i". these people need to be fed hot meals. the monthly box just simply is not enough. eckstein: imagine what it would be like not to have food. to be home bound. not to have any family members that you can turn to
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and suddenly three times a week someone comes in, an angel, week someone comes in, an angel, comes in with food. this is what we call in the states the meals on wheels program that is administered throughout the former soviet union thanks to your help. and thanks to volunteers who give of themselves and of their time and of their energy and their love to help the elderly jews who have no one else to help them. donor: the people that are doing this program are just touching the surface when they tell you how wonderful it is to be able to feed the hungry. because that's what we are doing, we're literally feeding the hungry. eckstein: your gift of $50 will help one person with a hot meal three times a week in addition to the monthly box. shengl: there is no way that i could live without this food. it is like the angels arriving every
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time this food arrives. eckstein: this is shengl. and as you can see she just received her food for today and this food has to last her for two days. shengl just had a stroke a few months ago. and she was telling me that she had to make the decision between food and the medicine that she needs to take. in fact, she cried to me just a few moments ago saying she doesn't know how she could have lived and how she could go on without our help. announcer: christians are now able to comfort shengl and many others of god's chosen people by providing food boxes, meals through soup kitchens, and meals on wheels. only $15 will provide a box of assorted food staples to augment the diet of an elderly jew who cannot afford to buy food. eckstein: for only $50 a month you can provide a jew from the former soviet union, someone in need, someone hungry and alone
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with no one to care for them. you can provide them with a meal like this though our meals on wheels program. three times a week we will bring such a meal to a jew for a period of a month. for $50 you can help save a life. god teaches us in isaiah chapter 58 to divide our bread with the hungry. won't you share your blessings with those in need here in the former soviet union. won't you divide your bread with those in need here. announcer: when you call you will receive an "isaiah 58" prayer packet with pictures and information on individuals being helped by the program. become a partner in isaiah 58 now. robertson: i believe a blessing has been ordained by god for those who bless abraham and the descendants of abraham through isaac and through jacob and through the patriarchs and all the way to the current nation of israel. hagee: you will discover
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the prosperity of the lord. you will discover god's favor and a peace in your heart that only god can put there knowing that you have done a mitzvah, a divine something, that blesses the heart of god. falwell: that is why i believe in the work of the international fellowship of christians and jews. it is exemplary of the kind of cooperation which is need between both communities of faith. needy jew: now non-jews are coming to help us again. tell this righteous people thank you. needy jew: thank you for bringing me the food box. in the ukraine now things are bad. we need food. are bad. we need food. if not, there is no hope. needy jew: food is a very big problem for me. i couldn't live without this food. thank you. thank you.
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hoffman: it gives us great satisfaction today to see so many of these things coming to fruition, so many of these people helped. together, we have all made a difference in the lives of these people, in the lives also, of the jewish communities now reviving, now coming back to life reviving, now coming back to life in the former soviet union. (speaking russian) eckstein: this is maria. she is 88 years old and alone. and i think you can understand her in whatever language it is and its russian. maria is thanking me on behalf of all those here in the former soviet union who are helping people like her with food and with medical needs. people like her who are alone who have no one else to help them. and i pass that thanks on to you. won't you find it in your heart if you haven't done so already to pick up the phone and make a call to help people like maria and thousands of
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others like her. for $50 you can provide three hot meals a week for a month, as well as a food box to people like maria. donor: i never met more wonder people in my life than them. they are so grateful that we as americans came over here and showed them that we love them too. it overwhelmed them but it overwhelmed us more. maria: tell americans that they are the best. thank you for the great help to us jews here. now jews don't feel ignored but we feel important too. donor: they think they were privileged but we know we were. privileged but we know we were. because of who they are. i can't say enough about them and i can't say enough about how desperate their them and i can't say enough about how desperate their need is.
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(speaking russian) holocaust survivor: they were all undressed and then holocaust survivor: they were all undressed and then they were killed. hoffman: we have the infrastructure, we have the organizations. we know where the needy jews are. we've located over 170,000. what we are lacking today are the funds over 170,000. what we are lacking today are the funds to keep this going. donor: you know in our scriptures it says, "to whom much is given, much is required". and, anybody who has a home, or a job, or a family and those things have not been taken from them, then i'd like to have them know that there really can be no limits on what we give and there really can be no limits on what we give and what we do. eckstein: won't you call right now while it's on your
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heart? the bible says those who bless his people israel will themselves receive god's blessing. donor: he say's we will be blessed when we bless them. and, oh, we've been so blessed. eckstein: won't you now receive god's blessing. feed the hungry, clothe the naked, not avert your eyes from our own flesh and blood. the jewish people who have suffered and endured so much in this century here in the former soviet union, won't you make the call? won't you help them now won't you make the call? won't you help them now and be blessed? donor: i'm a christian and i'm here to love you and i'm here to help you and i'm here to do for you. you see their eyes light up. it's a marvelous experience to know that i'm a christian and doing part of god's work in helping the jews.
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announcer: for only $15 you can provide a food box of staple items, which will supplement the meals of one person for a whole month. for $50 in addition to the food box you can provide three hot meals a week for a month for one person. or $100 for two needy people. by pledging $15 or more a month you will join our box a month club and supply a box of food every month to an elderly jew in the former soviet union who might not otherwise have food to eat. donor: i'm talking to christians in particular that we do our part. now it's time for us to let the jewish people know we love them. and they need us most now. announcer: when you call you will receive an isaiah 58 prayer packet with pictures and information on individuals being helped by the program. become a partner in "isaiah 58" can there be any greater blessing you can give to one
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of god's chosen people? please, call the number on your screen now. eckstein: from the former soviet union, on behalf of maria, and the tens of thousands of others whom you are helping, thank you, spaceba, todah rabah and shalom. this is rabbi yechiel todah rabah and shalom. this is rabbi yechiel eckstein. announcer: this program was paid for by the friends and supporters of "isaiah 58". paid for by the friends and supporters of "isaiah 58".
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♪ and greetings friends all around the world! it's coming. and it's coming soon. oh yes, i know that people like to make fun of the idea that
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the end is near. very funny. but i urge you to watch world events as jesus christ commanded. you, my friends, will begin to see the very pattern of world events unfolding which your bible describes as the time of the end. these events will quickly happen and they will happen unexpectedly. i really wrote this very script on september 11--the very anniversary of the terrible attack on the world trade center i in new york where nearly 3,000 people were killed. remember that awful ti remember the world trade center being smashed into by two giant airplanes? again, remember the nearly 3,000 human beings killed on that very day? and it all happened so unexpectedly. my friends, the god of the bible is real and he is now beginning to intee in human affairs. like the twin towers in lower manhattan, the american and british peoples are beginning to totter just before they
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completely fall down. for the greatest national tribulation in all of human history will occur within the next several years of your life. you need to understand ahead of time. and you need to know how you and your loved ones may escape many of these things soon to come. for there is a way of escape. jesus said so. jesus said so. stay tuned! ♪ my friends, the jesus christ of your bible describes a soon-coming
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great tribulation. notice the inspired words in your own bible. turn with me to matthew chapter 24, matthew 24 in your bible beginning in verse three. these are the words of jesus the christ. he talks about terrible earthquakes--great earthquakes in luke
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chapter 21 in luke's version of it. now notice as we drop down a few more verses, verse 20, so we are to pray that we do not have to flee on the sabbath and we are to pray that it is not in the winter. we are going to have to flee-- that is god's true people. there is a place of safety on this earth from the great tribulation. the greatest tribulation jesus said in human history. all flesh would be
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annihilated off this planet. understand it--that's what the bible says. it says that. alright, turn with me now to the gospel of mark, my friends, to mark's version of this description of the great tribulation. let's break into it in verse 17, you see there is a time to flee to safety. you are not raptured off. you flee. pray that your flight "not be in winter." if you were to be raptu2ed up to heaven the weather wouldn't make any difference. but, you flee to a place of safety. the greatest tribulation since god created man on this earth. do you get it? the god who inspired this book--the holy bible--tells
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us clearly that the very greatest national tribulation in all human history will occur just before christ returns. every human being will be affected, my friends. for jesus said all life would perish unless the creator god intervenes. turn to luke 21 in your bible-- luke's account of this time. turn to luke 21 picking up in verse 25,
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yes, god is going to redeem us. but these things have to happen first. we have to understand what we better be doing in the meantime. but, why does this truly awful tribulation have to come first? and which nations will be mostly affected? in my last tomorrow's world program i showed you clearly if you heard it from the bible and from history that prophetic identity of the american and british-descended peoples. for we have been mightily blessed, my friends, above all peoples above the earth. we have been blessed because almighty god's promises to abraham, isaac and jacob's great blessings. he told them these things would happen. in genesis 35 and verse 11, god predicted that we would become a great nation and a great company or commonwealth of nations. and i described in detail in my last program we british and american peoples became the ruling nations of the entire world for about 200 years.
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prophecy, and the very meaning of life itself. tomorrow's world. call now. again, my friends, your bible predicts a soon-coming great tribulation. it will be the greatest national tragedy in human history. who will be affected the most? and why? remember, in my last program i explained to you in detail that the british-descended and american peoples are the descendants of the ten tribes of ancient israel. we are among the so-called lost ten tribes. remember judah or the jews were only part of ancient israel. a lot of people get that mixed up. many ministers even think israel is judah and judah is israel. all californians are americans, but all americans are not californians. do you get it? judah was one of twelve tribes. the other eleven tribes of israel were not judah.
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and for a period of about 200 years israel and judah were separate peoples and they were often at war with one another. israel was at war against the jews and all historians understand that. get it. notice a powerful prophecy in the book of jeremiah for our peoples, now. remember that the book of jeremiah was written over 100 years after ancient israel's first captivity. it is talking about israel here apart from judah. so think about it. a yet future captivity is talked about here in jeremiah chapter 30. notice what it says. it was written over 100 years after the only captivity that ancient israel ever went into.
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there is no day in human history like this god says. none is like it. this time is described several times in your bible including some we have already read. for jesus said it has never been before, never shall be again in matthew 24. and we saw again described that way in mark chapter 13. it's described that way again in the book of daniel in chapter 12. and described that way again in the 5th chapter of ezekiel. the greatest time of trouble in human history and it's coming on the peoples of modern israel. alas that day is great. jacob's name was changed to israel. it's the time of jacob or israel's trouble-- the great tribulation. whoever are those people
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are going to be in the greatest tribulation in human history. as i explained in the last program you need to know the identity of the american and british peoples. we've been blessed--not because we are better, but because abraham obeyed god. but now god is going to chasten us because we have not used our blessings as we should have done. we are not better than others, but god has certainly blessed us and we have not lived up to that blessing. david? why this is going to happen in the future. it's going to happen just
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before the resurrection of king david--the resurrection of the dead. that's when this tribulation comes and that's when this regathering of israel comes. it hasn't happened yet. it's going to happen and king david will be resurrected--he will be resurrected--and put back over the peoples of israel. so this massive tribulation is just ahead in our times and will be especially affecting our peoples in america, canada and britain. why would almighty god send us awful tribulation on us, my friends? why? notice what almighty god says in verses 14 and 15. here we are in jeremiah 30, again, verse 14, he tell us, throughout the old testament god uses that expression repeatedly for the allies. israel used to buy help from the assyrians and buy help from the egyptians and try to get allies that way rather than relying on god. he called them their national lovers.
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so we need to think about it very, very much. we as a people, my friends, whether we realize it or not, we have begun to despise god's commandments and his statutes. our constant lying, our rotten business dealings and cheatings we read about almost daily from our great, you know, manufacturers and our business people and even our politicians, our fornication, our adultery, our perverted sex practices, all these things are stench in the nostrils of the great god who made us. and god has had about enough. think about our drunks and our drug addicts. think about the suffering, the violence and the broken homes all of this rotten behavior throughout our entire society and
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nation that used to call itself christian. the eternal god is not mocked. he will soon say, "enough" and he will bring upon us this national punishment that is described right here in your bible and in matthew 24, mark 13 and luke chapter 21. again, my friends, this is an end-time event soon to affect your very life. it will affect you whether you believe in it or not. you don't have to believe it. it is still going to happen. now notice god tells our forefathers and, of course, this is going to affect us too. he warned our forefathers of this very thing--the fathers of ancient israel and we are their descendants. so it pays us to listen--listen to this. in your bible, turn back to leviticus chapter 26, leviticus 26, beginning in verse 3, god said to our forefathers,
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and it goes on to describe everything will work out well. god will bless you and bless you and bless you if you keep god's commandments and his statutes. "but," verse 14, "but if you do not obey me..." follow it here in your bible, verse 14, leviticus 26. some translations say it could be translated "terrorism." what's the first thing to hit us? the first thing to hit us as i have been writing this script on 9/11--terrorism! we are in these very end time.
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what's one of the worst wasting diseases in modern times? aids because of our terrible sexual sins and related sins and drug addiction and so on. yes, it's a terrible thing--aids. and because we have eaten foodless foods and our food manufacturers have pumped and pumped all kind of food full of junk we have cancer. we have cancer and our bodies are wasted with wasted disease and fever. yes, god will cause us to be brought down if we despise his laws. that's starting to happen as the other nations around the world are finally getting upset at us and our rotten ways and our unstableness, our instability, as allies anymore. yes, they will in the next several years. you will see.
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we are sinning and sinning and rebelling against god. we are taking the ten commandments out of all our buildings. we are taking god out of our public place. we are taking god out of our lives. we despise god. we have had great power. we've had confidence in our power. now that confidence is diminishing because we have turned away from the god of the bible. we are beginning to have terrible forest fires and drought and famine and floods. all of this is beginning to happen. it's going to get much, much worse, my friends, unless we wake up and turn to the god of the bible.
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"but from there..." when we go into this coming national captivity, the punishment involved in the great tribulation... our people will finally wake up and turn to god fervently finally. if you personally wake up, if you personally go all out to genuinely seek the god of the bible to do his will, then he will hear and he will answer. that's what we better do ahead of time if we want to avoid this coming thing that is coming on us into a place of safety. to seek the true god with all your heart and with all soul.
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[gospel piano music] ♪ >> offering? uh, just one second. should have something in here. ah, here it is. that was close. >> i hope they see how many zeroes i'm putting on this check. i must be the biggest tither in this church. heh-heh. i don't believe in tithing. it's an ancient practice, and i'm passing it on. >> she has the tithe. >> no, you have the tithe. >> no, you brought it. >> no, you brought it. >> you brought it, dear. >> i put it in your jacket pocket before church. >> oh. ooh, right. i knew that. >> i can't believe it. i forgot my tithe again. it's got to be in here somewhere. oh, a mint. i'll just put this in there. i'm sure someone can use it.
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i know the usher sure could. >> here, lord. get yourself something nice. >> seems like every time i turn around, the church is always asking for money. >> god... what are we doing? what do you say about tithing? what we really need... is a sermon on the amount. >> jeremiah: if you go to most church services, somewhere in the program, they will pass the plate. while not always the favorite part of the service, tithing is an essential part of the christian life. you see, money is important in god's kingdom for the same reason it is important in the world. it represents, to a degree, how we invest the days of our life and where our priorities lie. hello. i'm david jeremiah. and today i begin a brand new series called "the sermon on the amount."
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and for the next few weeks, we will search the word of god and discover how god's economic plan actually works-- a plan that is a reflection of his character and a testament to his promises. we will see there is no shortage of god's blessings, only a shortage of our faith to believe in his abundance. in today's message, "the sermon on the amount," you will learn how you can be blessed beyond all you could ask or think. so stay tuned to today's edition of turning point. >> male announcer: do you understand the christian life as well as you would like to? what if devoting just 15 minutes a day could strengthen you in your walk of faith? it can. the perfect way to start out 2013: read 30 days to understanding the christian life in 15 minutes a day by max anders, selected for you this month by dr. jeremiah. quick-hitting and easy-to-understand chapters that can be finished in just 15 minutes on topics including spiritual warfare,
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god's will, prayer, and much more. plus resources for group study. easy, fast, and extensive. imagine how much you could learn about the christian life in the new year. 30 days to understanding the christian life in 15 minutes a day, yours when you support this program for a gift of any amount. contact turning point today. >> jeremiah: you know, we've been through some very interesting days. i mean, you don't turn on the television or read the newspaper that front and center is the discussion of what's going on with the economy. not just here in our country, but around the world. and of course, when you talk about the economy, that includes everybody. that touches everyone. and believe it or not, it touches churches. i remember when i first began to do this as a young pastor right out of seminary in my first church in fort wayne. i knew that we had to teach these people to give. we only had seven couples
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to start with. and as we would add couples, most of them were new believers, and they didn't have any idea about stewardship. so everybody kind of looked at me and said, "you know, you need to teach this." i was as petrified as most young pastors are about it because i had heard throughout all the years that people don't go to church because all they think the church wants is their money and the pastor's the charlatan who stands up there, you know, and tries to fleece the sheep of everything they have. well, i knew that wasn't what i wanted to do, but i also knew that as a preacher of the word of god, it was my responsibility to declare the whole counsel of god. and so as i began to study the word of god, i realized what an incredible body of work there is in the scripture about what we do with our resources. i began to devote several sundays each year to the teaching of biblical stewardship. it's been exciting for me now looking back over my shoulder at over 40 years of doing this to see what god has done in the lives of people
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and in the life of a church when god's people are faithful and when they believe god and what he says about giving. one of the reasons why stewardship is so important and why it goes way beyond our resources and it actually has sort of a revivalistic attitude in the midst of us-- because, you see, what we do with our money is really the test of what we're doing with our lives. what is our money? our resources are simply the work that we do translated into the coinage of the day. if i work "x" number of hours a week, and i get paid so much an hour, when i give some of what i got paid to god, i'm actually giving him some of the work that i have done that week. i'm giving him part of who i am. i invest myself in the things of god. and according to one writer, all throughout the scripture, there is an intimate connection between the development of a man's character and how he handles his money. so at some level,
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every christian has to deal with this. it is impossible to become a fully developed follower of jesus without also becoming a fully developed steward of your resources. now, the pragmatic part of this for a church is that, like any other institution, if you've got your feet on the ground, you are a candidate for a financial problem. and throughout this year, the papers have been filled with all kinds of problems that happen if we can't get our feet down on the ground financially. the bible contains more than 500 references to prayer, more than 500 references to faith, and more than 2,000 references to money and possessions. out of 38 parables that jesus taught as recorded in the gospels, 16 of them are about money and possessions. jesus said more about money than he said about heaven and hell combined.
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hard to believe. in fact, one out of every ten verses in the gospels is about money or possessions. 288 verses in the four gospels deal with money and possessions. so when you stop and look at that body of work in the bible, you realize it isn't up for grabs, what we're to do. the bible hasn't left us in the dark trying to figure out, "okay, how do i manage my resources, and how does god want the resources of his church to be managed?" if you have your bibles with you today, i'd like you to turn to the last book of the old testament, the book of malachi. i want to begin this morning by reminding you that the principle of tithing is at the center of what we do at shadow mountain. it is also a method or a plan of god. most of you know that the word "tithe" means "tenth." it means that we give of--what we have been given from god, we give 10% of it back to god. that's what many of you, what so many of you do, what donna and i have been
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doing for over 40 years. but we dare not forget, as we open our bibles, that tithing was the law of the land. it was the way things worked for israel all the way from moses to christ. it's been a part of god's plan for financing the work that he does on this earth from time immemorial. but tithing is also a very important message, a message of priority with god. and that brings us to the book of malachi. the book of malachi is a collection of four sermons that were delivered by a prophet whose name was malachi. these sermons were delivered by malachi to a group of jewish people who had been just recently returned to their homeland, having been in captivity because of their disobedience to god. the babylonians had taken the israelites into captivity. and as you remember, the whole story of daniel in the old testament--
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they suffered under the captivity. they were not in their homeland, israel. and now the bible tells us that the israelites have returned and they're home, and they need a new prophet. so god calls malachi into his office, and he says, "malachi, i want you to be the prophet for the israelites. and here's what you need to do: you need to go get them in shape because they're already starting back the way they were before i punished them the first time." and when you read the chapters in the book of malachi-- and you can do it on your own-- you realize that malachi did not have a good assignment. i mean, if god had said that to me, i would have asked if i could pray about it, or could i get a new opportunity? malachi had to go to these stiff-necked people and challenge them to get their act together. i mean, they had been punished for 70 years, and they still didn't get it. so the words of malachi are strong. and one of the evidences of the israelis coming back home
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and not doing what god wanted them to do was, they had stopped tithing. they had stopped doing what god had called them to do. and so the work of god was in disrepair. read with me malachi 1:8. here again, malachi is preaching, and he is saying to the people of israel: malachi says, "you're supposed to be bringing"-- of course they didn't have coinage as much as we have. they were agricultural in the way they dealt with their monetary responsibilities. one of the ways they were to give to god was to bring a sacrifice, the best that they had, and bring it to god. that was the way they tithed. the first and most healthy
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and profitable and without blemish and without spot lamb was to come to god. well, here's what they were doing. after they got home and kind of settled in, they weren't gonna give up their best and give it to god. so on monday, the head of the family would go out, and he'd look over the flock, and he'd find the mangiest thing he could find. i mean, this thing was sick and dead, had one foot in the grave. maybe got a broken leg. maybe it's got mangy hair. but it was a sacrifice unworthy. and they would bring this sacrifice to god and say, "here is our tithe. here is our offering." malachi said, "you wouldn't even get by with that with your governor. you couldn't go to your governor and say, "here's my tax." look down in your bibles at the 14th verse of the first chapter. here's malachi's conclusion about this matter:
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now, what malachi is saying is this: you don't come to god with your offering and give him the leftover scraps of your life, the things that aren't worth anything to anybody else, and say, "well, god, i didn't know what to do with this, so here it is." if the lord god were to walk into this service, we wouldn't give him the leftovers of what we have, would we? we'd want to give him the best. and that's what the word of god teaches us about our giving to the lord. that's why a tithe is the first that we give to god. we make him first. we write his check before we write anybody else's. we put god first. we give him the best. and that's what malachi was scoring the people israel for not doing. they were trying to get the blessing of tithing without the process of tithing. they wanted everybody to being.
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excited that they were doing it, but they weren't doing what god wanted them to do. i need to tell you, folks, if we are committed in our hearts to the fact that god is a great king, that he expects us to do the best we have, i don't think god will ever be pleased with the leftovers of our life. may take us a while to get to the place where we need to be, but their ought to be within each of us, if we're followers of the lord, the desire to say, "lord, for what you've done for me, what you've brought into my life, and the forgiveness of my sin, and you put that new cover on my book that i didn't deserve to have-- i want to give you the best i have. i want to give you the first. i want to give you the tenth." so tithing is a method or a plan of god, and tithing is a message of priority. here's the third thing. this is really exciting to me. tithing is a means of proving god. did you ever say, "you know, i wonder if i can prove if god is really at work
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in my life?" as far as i know, in all of the bible, there is only one place where it says you can do that, and that's right here. here it says in malachi 3:10: and test me, try me, prove me... what god is saying is this: "this is what i am telling you to do; this is what i am telling you is the way that the work of god is to go forward. this is my plan. this is my will. this is what i want you to do. now, if you will do this, i will provide for you, but i want you to try me." what does that mean? you will never know if you believe in tithing until you do it. you may say, "well, that's a wonderful plan. i'm sure glad we have that plan at shadow mountain. it sounds like a really good plan to me." but it doesn't work until you try it. and we have been challenging people for 40 years
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to try tithing. we've been challenging them to put god on the spot. this is what god has said for us to do. some say, "well, that seems so-- i mean, we hardly make it now, and we use every dime." that's all a part of the faith issue. you say, "well, why can't we just give 1%?" because there's no faith involved in that. everybody can figure that out. this is to test you, to try you, and in the process, to try god and to see if god is really going to do what he said he will do. and i'll tell you, there's a whole congregation full of people in this room even right now at this moment who will say, "we have tried god, and he has been faithful to us." amen? amen. so i want to challenge you to do that. i want to tell you that the book of malachi and the book of god says that if you will put god to the test, if you will try him in this, you will discover that god is faithful. now, the bible does teach that when we give to god,
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he will provide for us, but nowhere does the bible teach us that that should be our motive in giving to god. we give to god out of love and out of obedience and out of response to his word. the motive in giving to god is not because god is going to give back to us. he surely will. but our motive ought to be that god has asked me to do this. he is a great king. i am subject. i am his follower. i know this is what he wants for my life. i know it will be good for the kingdom, but i also know it will be good for me. i'm gonna trust him in this and see what happens. tithing is a method or a plan of god, it's a message of priority from god, it's a means of proving god, and it's a manner of provision for god. here's where the provision comes. notice it's after we give that the provision is promised.
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here's what god says. "if you will do what i ask you to do"--you may not be able to see, and sometimes people say, "i never knew how this was gonna happen. i just decided, god said it, i believe it--that settles it; i'm gonna do it." and they do it. and then all of a sudden they begin to watch, and as they watch, they see how god provides. first of all, his provision is personal. he gets involved with us. notice the personal pronoun "you" is in this verse. he will open the heavens for you. he's not gonna let you go unnoticed in all of this. and notice secondly, his provision is material. yes, he blesses you spiritually, but it seems as if he also blesses you materially. for it says here that what
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happens is, he rebukes the devourer. now, remember again, malachi was written during an agricultural time. and all they had that determined their wealth was their crops and their resources. and malachi said, "if you will give god the best and the first, you will notice that god even rebukes the devourer." he will keep your crops from being eaten. he will provide for you the things that you need. you will notice that god is involved. when you get involved with god, it seems like god gets involved with you. you say, "well, how in the world does a person do that?" well, i'll tell you, the best thing you can do to make sure that that is right for you is to recognize the importance of putting god first. put god first, and ask for his help. get involved with god financially, and ask him to get involved with you financially. make him number one in your life. and you will discover that one of the great surprises most people have when they begin to tithe is the ability
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they have to manage their household with 90% better than they ever could with 100%. tithing is a method or a plan from god. it's a message of priority from god. it's a means of proving god. it's a manner of providing by god. and then finally, let's just face it. it's a matter of purpose for us. how do you become a tither? you just do it. as i said before, you come to the place where you say, "god said it. i believe it-- that settles it; i'm gonna do it." don't wait for a convenient time. don't say, well, i'm gonna get everything straightened out first, and then i'm gonna start." no, the best way to get everything straightened out is to start, to put it first, to make it number one. some people say, "well, you know, this is mostly taught in the old testament," which is not true. a friend of mine, randy alcorn, who's written a whole book
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on stewardship, says, "i've heard christians argue, often angrily, that tithing is legalism. they claim tithing is bondage, and we have been liberated to grace giving." and then he makes this analysis. listen carefully. as we've seen, however, the israelites' triple tithes amounted to 23% of their income, in contrast to the average 2.5% giving of american christians. "this statistic," says alcorn, "suggests that the law was about ten times more effective than grace. even using 10% as a measure, the israelites were four times more responsive to the law of moses than the average christian is to the grace of jesus christ." when we, has new testament believers living in a far more affluent society than ancient israel every dreamed of, give only a fraction of that which was given by the poorest of the old testament saints, we surely must reevaluate
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our concept of grace giving and ask ourselves, "we who have the indwelling of the holy spirit," which wasn't true in the old testament, "how do we do that?" in the old testament, god promises his blessing for faithful giving. in the new testament, we are reminded that we reap what we sow, and if we sow bountifully, we'll reap bountifully. and whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. the new testament tells us that. the old testament tells us that god will provide for our needs if we are faithful in our tithes and offerings. do you know what the new testament says? don't take that as a general promise from god, my friends. that verse is in a financial context about the offerings that were given in that book.
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and what god is saying is this: "everything that i promised to do in the old testament, it's even better in the new testament. when you give out of your heart and out of your will and you start maybe with that 10% and you ask god to bless you so that you can be an even greater blessing, you just watch what god does in your life and how he cares for you. and if you're still stuck on the old testament 10%, and thinking it's not fair, let me give you some new testament percentages you might want to consider. for instance, jesus praised the widow who gave her might, and he said, "she gave everything she had." i think that's 100%, isn't it? that's a good place to think about. and zacchaeus, after he met the lord, we're told that he gave half of his goods to the poor, and that's 50%. and jesus commanded the rich young ruler to sell all that he had and give it to the poor, and how much is that, class? and barnabas sold some land, and he gave it to the apostles.
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and in the book of acts, we are told that the early jerusalem church, the christians had everything in common, and they needed something, they always had it. it's really in our heart attitude, isn't it? here's where we need to be, folks. and i can say this with such ease in my heart, 'cause i know it's so true. if you really want to know what god wants you to do when it comes to tithing, it's so easy to find out. and then you have to take a step of faith. everybody has to do it. you say, "well, how do you do that?" well, the next time you get paid, you write the first check to god. don't even think about it. just do it. just do it because you know this is what god wants you to do. you say, "well, i don't know how to do dat, pastor." well, you take the check out and you take the pen and you write like that. [laughter] and then you watch god take care of you. and will you have some challenges? yes. nothing that we ever do that's worthwhile is just a slam-dunk easy thing to do. everything that's good
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is a challenge to us, isn't it? but, oh, i want to tell you what a blessing you're in for. and one of the best things of all is that when you're in a situation where you need god's help, even though he's always available and he's always gracious, doesn't it give you confidence to go to the lord and say to god, "lord, now, i've been faithful this year the e best i know how to do what you've asked me to do, and i'm coming to you now with this need. and i know we solved the last one together. we can solve this one together. we're in partnership, god, in what we do." so if you love christ and the work of his kingdom more than anything else, your giving is gonna show that. if you're truly submitted to the lordship of christ, if you're willing to obey him completely in every area of your life, your giving will reveal it. let this just be your time to say, "okay, i'm gonna take another step forward with god. i'm gonna take this whole thing in walking with the lord to the next level, and i'm gonna get involved with him financially through his work." the new year is a perfect time
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to take inventory of our lives and to refocus our faith. maybe this is the year that you commit yourself to being a better steward with the resources with which god has blessed you. god wants you to devote your entire life to him, and that includes your time, your energy, and your finances. but perhaps you have yet to take the first step with god and have not trusted him with your salvation. you should do so today. if you would like to know more about beginning a personal relationship with jesus christ today, well, i'd like to send you two resources. the first, a booklet called your greatest turning point, will help you begin that new relationship with the lord. and the second, our monthly devotional magazine called turning points, will help you continue to grow in your newfound faith. both are completely free and without obligation when you contact turning point today. >> announcer: do you understand the christian life as well as you would like to?
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Duration 01:30:00
Scanned in Richmond, CA, USA
Source Comcast Cable
Tuner Channel 75 (531 MHz)
Video Codec mpeg2video
Audio Cocec ac3
Pixel width 1280
Pixel height 720
Sponsor Internet Archive
Audio/Visual sound, color


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on 1/6/2013
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